Brunet Island State Park
This 1,225-acre state park straddles both sides of the Chippewa River along a section that includes Brunet Island. The Fisher River comes in from the north; its bays and lagoons are good places to see beaver, mink, herons and deer. The park’s eight miles of hiking trails take you into different birding habitats. Hike the wetlands along the rivers to find Hermit Thrushes, Yellow-rumped Warblers and Common Yellowthroats. Nashville Warblers, White-throated sparrows and Northern Parula Warblers like the wooded areas. The bays surrounding the islands on the river hold Great Blue Herons, Hooded Mergansers, Mallards and Blue-winged Teal. The park also offers an interpretive museum, swimming, canoeing, fishing, and 69 campsites. The Jean Brunet Nature Trail is paved for handicapped access.
Directions: From Cornell, take Park Road north one mile to the park.
Gazetteer: Page 73, C-7 (prior to 10th edition). | Page 43, D-6 (10th edition).
Web site: WDNR Brunet Island State Park
Signature Species: Blackburnian Warbler, Northern Waterthrush and Purple Finch.
Seasonality: Open all year.
Parking: Parking lots provided.
Nearest food & lodging: Cornell, just southeast of the park.
Fee: Park entry and camping fees apply.